Ann Coulter is a vile, disgusting creature. She would never be welcome in my home.
I wouldn't be very happy about her being in a neighbor's home, either. If the day she was there turned out to be the start of a 21st century Kristallnacht, my window might end up being one of the ones that got smashed.
Following that logic, she shouldn't be welcome in my country, either. It says elsewhere on this site that journalist Amy Goodman was told by the Canadian Border Services Agency that she could be in Canada for only 48 hours, because they were concerned that she might criticize the Olympics while she was here. That's pretty tame compared to Coulter's rave that we Canadians "are lucky we allow them to exist on the same continent."
Two wrongs don't make a right, of course. The treatment of Goodman by CBSA was just plain wrong, and an embarrassment to Canada. When the subject of free speech comes up, the words "slippery slope" usually come with it. But let's look at it this way: If a statement like "Invade their countries, kill all their leaders, and convert them to Christianity" can be protected by freedom of speech, then it's also acceptable for any University of Ottawa student who chooses to do so to punch Coulter in the nose.
The controversy over Coulter has provided some free publicity to another vile and disgusting creature, Ezra Levant. About ten years ago, when I was the President of Airspace Action on Smoking and Health, I wrote an article for the newsletter identifying Levant as an agent of the tobacco industry. A month later, I got an email from Levant. Levant apparently Googles himself on a regular basis. He found my article, didn't like being identified as an agent of the tobacco industry, and threatened me with legal action.
I would have loved to hear Levant present arguments to try to convince a judge that he isn't a tobacco industry agent. However, I was out-voted on this by the Directors of Airspace, who felt that getting tied up in court with Levant would not have been a good use of our limited resources. So, I simply removed the mention of Levant from the article.
A few years later, Levant wrote a book, The War on Fun. Here's the titles of chapters four, five, and seven: "The Original Health Nazi", "Today's Health Nazis", and "Who are the Anti-Smokers?" Chapter seven identifies the "anti-smokers" as Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, Action on Smoking and Health, and the Non-Smokers Rights Association.
So, is Levant an agent of the tobacco industry? I think so, because he uses their code words and talking points, but hey, that's just my opinion. Since Levant is now on record as saying that free speech protects someone who said "we just want Jews to be perfected", he can't possibly have any problem with my opinion on Levant's relationship with the tobacco industry. Suck on it, Ezra.
Update on March 27
It turns out that Levant lied when he blamed the University of Ottawa for shutting down Coulter's appearance. The decision to cancel the event was made by Coulter's people, not the University of Ottawa or the police.
It also turns out that Levant is, indeed, an agent of the tobacco industry. He has been a registered lobbyist for Rothmans, Inc. (actually Philip Morris International) since June 12, 2009. You can look it up yourself by clicking here.